The meaning of the name “Eli” is: “Ascend; my God”.
Additional information: Although it’s unclear where exactly it came from, the name Eli is from a Hebrew origin. It either comes from the Biblical word meaning “ascent” or it is the short form of other popular Hebrew names. The first time significant time we see the name Eli recorded is in the Hebrew Bible, as Eli was the high priest in both 1st and 2ndSamuel. This name can also hold the meaning “my God” from the Hebrew language.
Eli may be used as the short form of names like Elijah, Elisha, Eliezer, or Elimelech, although the latter 3 of these names are not in common usage anymore and were most popular during Biblical times. It is occasionally spelled as Ely. There is no short form for the name Eli.
The popularity of the name Eli did not come until the late 1900s and early 2000s within English speaking countries. In 2014 it was ranked as the 49th most popular boy’s name in the US, the 123rd most popular boy’s name in England and Wales, the 76th most popular in Canada, the 63rd most popular in Australia, and the 39th most popular in New Zealand. These usage rankings reflect the peaks or close to the peaks in many of the countries that recorded the usage of the name Eli, as it was not a common name before the 2000s.
Some of the famous people and notable individuals who have held the name Eli include Eli Manning, an NFL player; Eli Whitney, an entrepreneur in the US; Eli Roth, a movie director; Eli Lilly, a scientist in the 1800s; Eli Tomac, a motorcycle racer; and Eli Craig, a screenwriter.
The first thing you should know if you are considering Eli for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Eli is a boy name.
The name Eli is of Hebrew origin, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially English speaking countries, Hebrew speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Eli we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Eli Name Meaning
The meaning of Eli is “Ascend; my God”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Eli and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Eli and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Eli is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Name Eli Categories
The name Eli is in the following categories: American Names, Biblical Names, Jewish Names. (If you would like to suggest one or more categories for the name, click here). We have plenty of different baby name categories to search for special meanings plus popular and unique names, search our database before choosing but also note that baby name categories designed to help you and not to be an influential factor when choosing a name. Instead, we recommend that you pay a greater attention to the origin and meaning of the name Eli. Read our baby name articles for useful tips regarding baby names and naming your baby. If you are thinking of giving your baby the beautiful name Eli, spread the love and share this with your friends.
Popularity of the Name Eli
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Eli displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Eli Boy Name Popularity Chart
Eli Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
Songs and Videos about the name Eli:
Songs that are about the name Eli or feature the name within their lyrics include Eli’s Song by John Denver and Eli’s Coming by Three Dog Night.
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